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Ashland Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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Ashland Chairman and CEO William A. Wulfsohn
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Pros
  • good package and work life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Good pay, a lot of opportunity for advancement (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Those at mid-to-upper management willing assign blame to their subordinates for the bad decisions (in 14 reviews)

  • Senior management only cares about bottom line (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Not A Bad Company, Just Need Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great brand awareness and solid parent company. They're diversified in the specialty chemicals arena enough to provide a solid base for the company overall. Customers like the products and tend to prefer them. A majority of the people are really great, smart, talented people that want to succeed.

    Cons

    This company is your stereotypical large public corporation concentrating on short term stock price. They'll make bad decisions if they think it will boost the stock price. The same goes with pricing. They'll raise price to increase sales with no thought to how the market reacts to it. They are not customer centered and are willing to walk away from customers if they don't fit their model of the perfect customer. Finally, Ashland is also the stereotypical "Good 'Ole Boys Club" type of company. Those at mid-to-upper management willing assign blame to their subordinates for the bad decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the culture and find some true leaders that inspire and collaborate with the employees and customers rather than have a myopic view of the business.


  2. "A Corporate Titanic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    work-life balance if you have a good boss & s/he likes you; no other pros but Glassdoor is insisting on more words!

    Cons

    Decade of downsizing & employee flight; low pay, low raises, promotions for elites; tone deaf & self-serving management don't care

    Advice to Management

    CEO: clean house including C suite. As a publicly traded company you've got some serious problems.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Cost Accountant in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Cost Accountant in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has good benefits and vacation . Comfortable environment to work in and is fast paced and you have to be self motivated individual.

    Cons

    There is no development of their employees and seems to be centered around the good old boys mentality. You have to be good with the management in order to move up instead of them moving you up based on your skills and attributes.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your employees concerns and take them into consideration with your decision making! Especially those jobs of people that have worked their whole careers and pouring blood, sweat and tears into their jobs to only be cut after 20 plus years of service and move their jobs to India to save a buck!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Conservative well financed company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Between 2003 and 2014 Ashland transformed itself from a holding company to a specialty chemical company. As of 2017, the transformation is complete. Financial stable company.

    Cons

    Stodgy, conservative company. Not very entrepreneurial.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks. Empower your employees


  5. "Customer Service Team Lead EMEA"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Team Lead in Barcelona (Spain)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Team Lead in Barcelona (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid company that respects your rights.

    Cons

    An individual bonus system is not previewed

    Advice to Management

    Keep good people and do not let them go for few money.


  6. "Fair"

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    Current Employee - Director in Neuhausen am Rheinfall (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Director in Neuhausen am Rheinfall (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Renumeration ok, CEO good, great product portfolio, good vision and strategy for growth including acquisition however, overly reactive to satisfy quarterly shareholder meetings at expense of sustainability

    Cons

    Cultural challenges due to legacy acquisitions, not enough investment in developing people, systems and processes and procedures can be poor


  7. Helpful (1)

    "CEO and CIO have proven to care nothing about their employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was a good company to work for until Ashland outsourced their entire IT department.

    Cons

    Ashland outsourced their entire IT department - laying off HUNDREDS of people. Their CIO does nothing but outsources resources at every company she works with, laying off hundreds of loyal employees. Each instance of outsources is a disaster. The CEO knows this, saw what she did to other companies, and allowed her to outsource at Ashland.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Have a plan B"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ashland full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good money. Exposure to Customers. Colleagues (some) are nice.

    Cons

    Management don't know how to think long term. The bottom line short term only matters. This is only working for short period. Not thinking ahead can destroy the company potentials and jobs. Too many restructuring. I have colleagues in USA, they went to work, one hour later they had 30 min to pick a box and fill private items and go.

    Advice to Management

    Think ahead for longer term. Start caring for peoples as they are assets / investments - and NOT COSTS. Open the eyes more with strategy and allow direction changes where it matters.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It was a job"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Ashland full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary was good for the region. Flexibility in start time.

    Cons

    Too much work with too little support. Management was poor and cared little about employee happiness. Benefits were poor when I worked there. No pregnancy leave for example which meant female employees had to blow through all of their sick time and then not get paid after they had a baby. No short term disability either to help cover for that. I believe they have it now.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and fix your benefits.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and support from management.

    Cons

    None that I experienced while there.


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